Tony Cummings reports on Missouri-based worshippers FUZED WORSHIP
The release of the 'By Your Blood' EP by Fuzed Worship brings to national and international attention a worship ministry that has already benefited from considerable TV exposure. For Fenton, Missouri-based Fuzed Worship is linked to the hugely popular preaching and teaching ministry of Joyce Meyer and in fact one of the co-founders of the group is her son Daniel Meyer, who is also CEO of US Operations for Joyce Meyer Ministries.
Fuzed Worship began rather unexpectedly. Daniel Meyer had written lyrics about the injustice he'd seen while travelling around the world, while God was working in Nate Edmonds' life in a completely different way. After stepping away from Joyce Meyer Ministries to pursue his own musical dreams, Nate felt the call of God not only nudging him back to the ministry, but also asking him to lay down his own desires by fasting from the very thing he loved so much-music.
One Sunday afternoon, Daniel asked Nate if it was possible to put what he'd written to music. Even though Daniel wasn't a musician, he felt that song might be the right vehicle for expressing what he had experienced. Daniel and Nathan started making music together. Later that night, the duo had already written their first song, "Revolving Love". Inspired by a five-year-old girl named Ababa who was suffering from malnutrition and countless others like her that Daniel has met along the way, it was a defining moment in Fuzed Worship's journey.
In 2010 Fuzed Worship released the album 'My Heart's Cry' though it was three years later with the production of the electro-tinged 'By Your Blood' that the band found its full creative focus. Produced by Grammy-winning Tedd T (Newsboys, Mutemath) the EP has a freshness many other worship releases fail to communicate. Said Nate Edmonds, "If the focus becomes more about building our momentary kingdom than uplifting the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father, we've completely missed the mark and settled for less than he intends. For us, it's always been about taking the music and allowing it to breathe and encounter people on a daily level. We just create, stand back and watch God do what he wants."
As well as their frequent performances at Joyce Meyer conferences, Fuzed Worship are now beginning to tour. Nate told journalist Christa Banister, "We made it a point to have no lofty goals at all. We simply wanted to write songs from our heart to God. But when Joyce heard some of our rough demos, she felt God wanted to bring Fuzed Worship under their wings. Every song on 'By Your Blood' focuses on the very tenets of our faith and has a message about worship. As we continue to focus on worshipping from the heart, we're always seeking God for what he has in store. In the meantime, we'll continue to create music to unite and inspire a generation to serve Christ and demonstrate his love."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.